Download the Layout zip
which includes a couple of files from the Windows NT4 Resource Kit. To implement it, follow the instructions from the link that I posted above, or continue reading.
Place the Layout.dll in C:\Windows\System (Win95/98/ME) or %systemroot%\System32 (WinNT/2000/XP), and then double-click (Merge) the Layout.reg.
From now on, whenever you right-click on the 'Recycle Bin' or 'My Computer' icons, you will see a new option: "Save [or Restore] Desktop Icon Layout". There are several third-party tools that also do this, but these files are free and only 14 KB in size.
I've tried it, and it works great. It's especially useful if you've ended up in Safe Mode, and when you return to Normal Mode, because of the change in screen resolution, all of your icons have been moved. It's also handy if you want to experiment with some different screen resolutions or locations for your icons.
I should mention this tip/trick works with all versions of Windows. Yes, the files are from the Windows NT4 Resource Kit, but as long as you put the DLL file in the correct folder for your OS (which is explained on the website from the link above), and then Merge the REG file, it will work.
* Note - If all your icons are lined up in columns on the left side of your screen, that means you have Auto Arrange checked. A better way to set up your Desktop is to create groups of icons. To do this, right-click on a blank area of your Desktop, and go to Arrange Icons > Auto Arrange, and make sure it is unchecked. Now you can move your icons wherever you want. Once you have it the way you like it, you can lock it in by saving your Desktop Layout using the tip above.
See how this works for your startup. George.